Characters from age 8 to 80 step onto the stage and back in time to re-create life in the 1900s in "Meet Me in St. Louis."
The musical grew out of the popular 1944 film
about the adventures of the Smith family as they prepare to visit the 1904 World’s Fair.
The household of Alonso and Anna Smith (Steve Kuerschner of Collegeville and Andi Rose of Bala Cynwyd)
is in an upheaval, thanks to the romantic travails of two of their five children: Rose (Christine Winans
of Philadelphia) is hoping for a proposal from wealthy Warren Sheffield (David Cox of Royersford),
while Esther (Robin Richardson of Elkton, Maryland) has fallen hopelessly in love with shy boy-next-door
John (Kurt Anderson of King of Prussia). As the sisters discover the ups and downs of love, the family
contemplates a move from their beloved St. Louis to a new home in New York. The story takes the Smiths
through the year, from a spring full of hope through a fall harvest party, Halloween, a magical holiday
season capped with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and back to spring.
Other familiar Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane tunes in the show include
"The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," "Whenever I’m
With You," "You’ll Hear a Bell" and the title song.
Director Laurel Smith considers this the perfect time of year for "Meet Me in St. Louis." "With the iconic
Halloween and Christmas scenes, it’s a perfect show to see now, as the leaves are changing and a bite of
fall is in the air. The emphasis on family, and the simple classic
musical themes, make this is a satisfying experience for everyone."
Smith believes this "holiday" outing is one that the entire family can enjoy. "It’s perfect for grandparents
and parents to share with the next generation. This classic tale takes us
back to an exciting time in our country’s history, when anything was possible."
The stage will be packed with more than 30 performers to provide the hustle and bustle of neighborhood
life at the turn of the 20th century. "We have an amazing cast, and they have come together to create
the community spirit that is so appropriate to this show." Smith explains, "Life at the turn of the
century was in many ways very different, but in others so much the same. The important things…love
of family, sense of community, romance…those stay the same, and all of them appear in full force in
this show. The Smith family is very real in so many ways: Siblings fight, family members disagree
and the kids get into all sorts of mischief. But they are also the best of what
family is, as they pull together, and
in the end are stronger for the things they face as a family."
So get your ticket for a trip to the 1904 World’s Fair and an evening of family fun.
The King of Prussia Players present musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" Nov. 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30pm and Nov. 6
and 13 at 2pm at the Upper Merion Area Middle School, 450 Keebler Road in King of Prussia. Advance tickets
are available at www.kofpplayers.org. Reservations are not necessary for tickets at the door, which are $17
for adults, $12 for children and students under 18 or seniors 65 and older.
Group rates (20 or more people) are available for all performances.